Focusing Student Growth on Standards-based Curriculum and Assessment

Student growth is measured by assessing students before they engage in the classroom learning and then testing them after they have had the teacher’s class. Comparisons are made between the beginning scores and the ending score and from that, student growth is measured. A simple analogy: as parents, you have a baby. That baby is measured and weighed at birth. Thereafter, you take your baby to regular checkups to measure their growth or lack thereof. These measurements may or may not be seen as a reflection on your parenting.

Standards. Grit. Rigor. Grading.

This post really offers no answers to the issues teachers face in evaluating student work. But it does offer hope. Grading is hard, especially if you are a teacher that uses standards to develop rigor and perseverance in your students. There is no fiction in this post, but I have changed the names and quotations […]

A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review!

Calling all Teachers! What lesson/unit exemplifies teaching and learning excellence in your classroom? Could you capture your design in print to support others in their classrooms?   This spring, Achieve posted the EQuIP Call to Action offering $1500 to individuals and/or groups who could write an exemplar unit (evaluated using the EQuIP review process). As one of 84 EQuIP […]

Will PARCC Testing Changes Result in Updates to Performance Task Templates?

With the recent announcement by PARCC regarding the consolidation of  the summative assessment from two testing windows to one, readers have asked whether I will update my Performance Task Planners  or the associated Common Core Unit Planners to reflect any change. And the answer is a resounding “Yes!” when PARCC announces changes to the actual performance task format. At this time, […]